Children's wellbeing practitioner
Children and young people’s wellbeing practitioners (CWPs) assess and support children and young people with mental health problems, improving their access to therapies.
You’ll play a key role in signposting children and young people to appropriate mental health and community services and referring those with more complex problems for the right mental health support.
Life as a children’s wellbeing practitioner
- building relationships with other services to ensure children and young people can be referred to the services that best meet their needs
- communicating effectively with children, young people and their families and carers when referrals are made
- recognising which services could provide ongoing support when therapy comes to an end, such as youth groups, for example
- developing a shared understanding of which referrals are suitable for CYPMHS
How much can I earn?
There are nine pay bands and you’ll usually be paid at band 4 while you train. After completing your training you’ll be paid at band 5 with the opportunity to progress to the next pay point annually until you reach the top of the pay band.
Terms and conditions can vary if you are employed outside the NHS.
How about the benefits?
- make a difference
- work flexible and part-time hours
- fully funded training plus a salary while you train and a job in the service when you qualify
- an excellent pension scheme
- NHS discounts in shops and restaurants
- excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with a range of people, including children and their families from all backgrounds
- to be able work well within a multidisciplinary team
- a good understanding of mental health issues
- strong written and verbal communication skills, tailored to a variety of audiences
- to be able to work independently and use your initiative to think quickly spot in often challenging situations
- creativity to solve problems and tackle obstacles
- effective time management to meet tight deadlines and manage competing demands.
- experience of working with children and young people
- proven ability to study at undergraduate level
- knowledge of child and adolescent development
- good communication and interpersonal skills
During your one-year training programme, you’ll gain a range of experience and work closely with a trained supervisor to help you engage in self-reflection, seek and respond to feedback, and develop your professional knowledge and skills.
CWPs can now register with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). The register opened in April 2023 and all CWPs will need to comply with the national requirement for registration by April 2024. The BPS and BABCP websites have all the details about how the registration process works, including the annual renewal requirement.
How to become a children’s wellbeing practitioner
Where a career as a children’s wellbeing practitioner can take you
- particular groups of children and young people, such as those with long-term health conditions.
It’s important to note that a two-year psychological professions funding rule policy was implemented on 1 April 2022. This means that if you start NHS-funded psychological professions training from April 2022, you won’t be eligible for NHS funding for further psychological profession training for two years from the expected completion date of your first training, where it would lead to a change in your job role.
Visit the funding for psychological professions training programmes web page for more information about NHS funding.
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